Just Thieves

Just Thieves is a down and dirty gem of a tale, a twisty and twisted crime novel that evokes the worlds of George V. Higgins, Patricia Highsmith, and David Mamet.

Rick and Frank are recovering addicts and accomplished house thieves whose partnership extends beyond their professional lives. They do not steal randomly—they steal according to order, hired by a mysterious handler. The jobs run routinely until they’re tasked with taking a seemingly worthless trophy: an object that generates interest and obsession out of proportion to its apparent value.

Just as the robbery is completed, the two are involved in a freak car accident that sets off a chain of events and Frank disappears with the trophy. As Rick tries to find Frank, he is forced to confront his past, upending both his livelihood and his sense of reality. The narrative builds steadily into a powerful and shocking climax.  Reveling in its con-artistry and double-crosses, Just Thieves is a nail-biting, noirish exploration of the working lives of two unforgettable crooks and the hidden forces that rule and ruin their lives.


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Gregory Galloway is the author of the novels The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand and the Alex Award-winning As Simple As Snow. His short stories have appeared in the Rush Hour and Taking Aim anthologies. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently resides in NW Connecticut.

“Galloway is as good at characterizations as he is at tight, and surprising, plotting… (a) stellar noir.” —Publishers Weekly starred review

“Spot-on throwback noir.”—Shelf Awareness

“When a book begins with a dead horse, you know it’s going to be good, and Just Thieves, a taut, understated, brilliant noir, is not only good but great.”—CrimeReads

”A sucker punch noir that is also a powerful and haunting allegory of work, debt, and power.” —Richard Price

”Chock full of mystery, regret, intrigue, emotion: Galloway’s newest is a brilliant meditation on what matters. The kind of book that leaves you feeling like you already saw, and felt, deeply, the movie. –Josh MalermanNew York Times best selling author of Bird Box

”Just Thieves happens in a wonderful space where digression and story-telling ride out together. There’s room here for much of the world and for reminders that life itself is a digression. I enjoyed and admired this novel.” —James Sallis

”This outstanding novel is certain to earn Galloway a spot on the list of noir’s modern masters and maybe make you steal a thing or two.” —Southwest Review

”Just Thieves is at once a brisk caper novel and a deep dive into the motivations that propel all of us, thieves and otherwise – – family, loyalty, and most of all love. Great fun and profoundly sad at once, which is no mean trick.” —Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest

“A violent, gritty, and surprisingly tender story that gut punches you with the emotional one-two of a tragic twist and a stunning finale.”—Katie Tallo, Author of Dark August

“ …a contemporary crime novel of devastating emotional precision. Moving with uncanny control between past and present, with tensely constructed scenes strung along a gleaming thread of superb dialogue, it earns an honorable place in the tradition of suspense fiction that it so elegantly evokes.” —Alec Nevala Lee , author of The Icon Thief

Praise for As Simple as Snow:

“[a] quirky, engrossing debut…this rich, complex puzzle is the work of a talented author.” Publishers Weekly

”One of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time.”-Kaye Gibbons

”This strange tale manages to creep under your skin, and to stay there for some time.”—People

”The writing is compelling; the pace as swift as that water churning under the ice.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

”A story about young love, suffused with mystery and magic . . . an absorbing read.”—The Des Moines Register

”An intriguing debut.”—School Library Journal

”Oddly mesmerizing . . . it’s teasing foreshadowing’s and forebodings make it hard to forget.”—Booklist

”Galloway does an excellent job of building suspense.”—Library Journal

Praise for The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand:

“A riveting second novel that explores the issue of suicide with a philosophical, never sensational, approach. . . . Requires careful reading of the issues it addresses, but the effort is well worth it.”—Booklist, starred review

“Fans of gritty realistic fiction such as Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why will appreciate Adam’s thoughtful, authentic adolescent voice, and the honesty and boldness with which Galloway treats the issue of suicide.”—SLJ

“A compelling, sophisticated novel that explores the relationship between death and the meaning of life.”—BCCB

“Galloway has written a thoughtful, darkly humorous, philosophical novel with great chapter titles that reads, in a way, like homage to some of the greatest writers of literature.”—VOYA

“A moody, compelling read.”—Kirkus Reviews